Current Issues in Relevance Theory
Villy Rouchota, Andreas H. Jucker
John Benjamins Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 368 pages
The eleven original papers collected in this volume address themselves to some of the central issues in the relevance theoretic research programme since the 1995 publication of the second edition of Sperber and Wilson's Relevance. Communication and Cognition.
Several papers investigate the distinction between conceptual and procedural meaning in order to account for the semantics of discourse connectives, for the role of intonation in utterance interpretation, and for focus phenomena. Other papers explore the role of the relevance theoretic notion of metarepresentation in utterance interpretation and prove its usefulness in the study of both linguistic topics such as epistemic modality and conditional clauses, and in the reanalysis of literary issues such as verbal humour.
Some of the central pragmatic issues dealt with are the interpretation of semantically underdetermined linguistic forms, the role and nature of pragmatic inference, the distinction between truth-conditional and non-truth-conditional meaning and the separation between explicitly and implicitly communicated meaning. The theory's application to sociolinguistic topics is assessed and developed in an inspired account of phatic communication; and the theory's usefulness in accounting for certain types of “grammatical” constraints is explored in relation to certain restrictions in the interpretation of indefinite descriptions.
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accessible addressee analysis antecedent argue attributed Blakemore causal claim clause cognitive coherence relations conceptual consequent Consider constraints context contextual assumptions contour Deirdre Deirdre Wilson discourse connectives discourse markers discourse units distinction domain echo questions echoic encode epistemic epistemic modals examples fact focus given hearer higher-level explicatures humour hypothesis implication implicatures incongruity inferential instance interface intonation intonation pattern John kara and node language less comfortable linguistic Mary Mary's utterance material implication metalinguistic metarepresentational metarepresentative modal verbs modals mutually manifest Nagano negation negative interrogative Norwegian notion optimally relevant Peter phatic communication polysemy pragmatic predicates principle of relevance procedural meaning processing effort proposition expressed propositional attitude propositional form prosodic Relevance Theory relevance-theoretic representation rising-falling Rouchota semantic sentence speaker speech-act conditionals Sperber and Wilson structure Sweetser syntactic target assumption truth truth-conditions truth-functional underdeterminacy University College London utterance interpretation verb Wilson and Sperber word-tone